Panel 02 - (INTERACTIVE) The How and Why of Applying Formal Risk Management Techniques for Quality Improvement

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Location: Room 006

Session Type: Panel
1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
1.50 CAMPEP Credits
1.50 MDCB Credits

This session was proudly submitted as a joint session with AAPM. Radiation oncology is becoming not only more complex, but also advancing at a faster pace with a push for increased patient through-put. In response the members of the radiation therapy team (therapists, dosimetrists, physicists, nurses, MDs, administrators) become increasingly specialized, operating proficiently within their individual silos. The full process for patient treatment, from initial consult through radiation and onto follow-up care, is rarely completely understood by each team member. This leads to an increased risk of errors within the system. In order to improve overall safety, it is important to take the time to understand the workflow process, determine where errors are likely to occur and act to mitigate those errors. This is the approach of prospective risk management. In this proposed session, attendees will learn how to implement prospective risk management tools in a clinical setting from the physician perspective. Speaker 1 (Koren Smith) will give an overview of the educational tools being developed by an AAPM Work Group that supports the clinical rollout of formal risk management techniques. Speaker 2 (James Hayman) will describe the application of lean techniques in clinical practice sharing practical examples such as quality improvement for stereotactic radiosurgery and retreatment with multi-disciplinary engagement on the team. Speaker 3 (Per Halvorsen) will share examples from a community practice perspective sharing examples where failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) has been used such as evaluating the impact of prospective contour peer review.

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Suzanne Evans, MD

Yale University

Yale University: Assistant Professor: Employee

American Cancer Society: Research Grants

Dr. Evans completed her medical school training at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA in 2001. She then went on to complete a residency in Internal Medicine there before her Training in Radiation Oncology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA, where she was chief resident. She served as the chair of the multidisciplinary quality assurance subcommittee from 2013-2016 with the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. She was appointed to the Radiation Oncology Health Advisory Council 10/2018, which is the analysis arm of the national Radiation Oncology Incident Learning System (RO-ILS). Her interests in cancer care particularly include quality and safety, comparative effectiveness, and patient communication. Her passion is in the care of patients with breast cancer, with a particular bent towards ways in which we can minimize side effects of treatment. She serves as an Associate Professor of Therapeutic Radiology, and is an associate director for the Residency Program.


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